Monday, November 11, 2013

I wished for you!

Two years ago today, my husband and I were married! I can not believe it's already been two years. It seems like it was only yesterday. We got married on 11.11.11 because 11:11 has a very special meaning for the both of us.

Nine years ago, I met Russell at a 4th of July party I went to with a mutual friend of both myself and my husband's at the Jersey Shore.  At first we did not like each other at all! We were (and still are) complete opposites and there was no appeal. Then one day, I was bored and online on AIM. It was late at night and I was looking for someone to talk to when I saw that Russell was online. I IM'd him and he responded. We actually wound up talking for hours, and we actually enjoyed talking to each other. We both realized hey this person isn't so bad after all. At one point while we were talking, I noticed that the clock read 11:11 so I told Russell to make a wish. He asked why so I told him "because it's 11:11." He had no idea what I was talking about. I explained to him that when the numbers on the clock are all the same, you're supposed to make a wish. He had never heard of that before, but was happy that he then knew about it. We kept up communication for a few weeks. Then on 11.11.04 in the wee hours of the morning, I got a message from Russell saying he was bored and asking me if he could come over to hang out. I thought he was crazy! It was 3:00am, and I lived in Long Island and he lived in Staten Island. I didn't think he was serious when I said "sure come over". Well boy was I wrong, because about an hour later (after I had fallen asleep), Russell called saying he was outside. I couldn't believe it. So, being only 17 at the time, I sneaked out of the house and we hung out. We were actually beginning to like each other :) Two weeks later, Russell mustered-up the nerve to actually ask me out on a real date. He once again drove all the way out to Long Island and then drove me back to his home is Staten Island. His whole family happened to be home at the time and I actually wound up meeting everyone on our first date! It was a bit overwhelming to say the least, but I'm a big family person so it didn't scare me off. Since we made such a long drive, we decided to stay in the house for a while and watch a movie before going out to dinner. After the movie, Russell's mom actually invited me to stay and eat dinner with the family, but that was a little much for me. I preferred we go out and Russell agreed so we did. We had a great time at dinner and then it was time to make the long drive back to Long Island. Well if you know anything about the Belt, you know there is ALWAYS traffic so of course we were stuck in it. As we were sitting in the car, not moving, Russell turned to me and asked for a kiss and I kissed him. Afterwards he said "my wish came true" and I asked him what he was talking about. Then he pointed to the clock; it was 11:11pm.

And the rest, as they say, is history. Here are some pictures taken on our wedding day.

All photos courtesy of Brett Matthews Photography

We had a cigar roller during our cocktail hour so we had these set-up on the table for our guests to use to light their cigars.

I changed into a short dress for our reception which is actually a vintage wedding dress that I had hemmed to be above-the-knee.

Our Reception Space. Notice the Beautiful White Hydrangeas and Orchids.
Also notice our color scheme which was All White with Hints of "Tiffany Blue" and Red.   

Our table numbers that I DIY'd. I was so proud of these. I think they came out so well!

Our "We Did" sign that I also DIY'd

And of course it wouldn't be an Italian wedding without Jordan Almonds :)  I DIY'd these too. I was especially proud of how well the bows came out.

Tonight we are going out to eat at one of our favorite Italian restaurants to celebrate. I can't wait! I am so happy. I love my husband so much and I am so lucky to have such an amazing man in my life :)

I hope everyone enjoys their day. 
Also, Happy Veteran's Day! Shout-Out to our troops (past and present) who fight/have fought for our country. You are all much appreciated!

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